MDC RESERVOIRS TRAIL:
WEST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
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Last Updated:August 9, 2015
Length: Red Loop Trail; 3.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate. Paved but hilly.
From I-84 eastbound take exit 39. At the first traffic signal, turn right onto Route 4 ( Farmington Ave) and proceed east. From I-84 westbound take exit 40. At the light, take a right and proceed down Ridgewood Rd. When you come to Route 4 (Farmington Ave) take a left and proceed west. Along Route 4 is the entrance to the park on the northern side of the road. Drive down the entrance and bear left at the fork in the road. Follow to the last parking lot. The trailhead begins at the far end of the parking lot.
The Metropolitan District Commission manages the reservoirs for Hartford and surrounding towns water supply and recreation. There are about 13 miles of trails around the 3 reservoirs, some paved, some gravel. Most trails contain hills. I rode the most widely used trail, the Red Loop Trail which creates a nice loop past three reservoirs. Just follow the bike trail signs posted along the route and the white line, as there are many offshoots. Trail maps are located along the paths as well. For more information visit MDC RESERVOIR TRAILS . For another trail nearby See; MDC Reservoir #6 Trail .
NOTE: All bicyclists are required to wear helmets on MDC property. MDC vehicles patrol the trails daily.
From the end of the parking lot; A map board is located here. Follow the paved trail past the Red Loop sign out to the Main Trail. You must follow the trail in a clockwise direction, as it is one-way for bicyclists. Head left utilizing the separate bike lane, passing by the large, earthen dike on your left. Here, the trail climbs upwards until you come to the southern end of Reservoir # 3 after 0.9 miles. You cross over an earthen dam holding back the water and the trail turns sharply left. You'll follow along the eastern side of the reservoir and cross a stone bridge. At 1.6 miles you'll pass by a paved road on your right before passing Dyke Pond and coming to the southern tip of Reservoir # 2. Here the trail then turns right and heads downhill. Keep left at the intersection and right at the next intersection at 2.1 miles. There are various roads throughout the reservoir you may take to extend your journey, including east to Reservoir # 6 (See map below). The trail now heads west back along Reservoir # 5. Continue straight past two more intersections. Pass a spillway for Reservoir # 5 and come to a map board at 3.3 miles. After you pass a traffic circle and some Porto-Potty's hang a left to return to the Parking lot for a 3.7 mile loop.
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